Saturday, August 29, 2009

September 1

Today's Writer's Notebook topic: Please read this post by children's book author Janette Rallison on her blog: "Where Children's Book Author's Work." In your notebook, discuss where you write. Describe this inspiring place and explain why you choose that particular place(s).

Please complete the following form:

In additon to the Mrs. G's Info Page, we also have another site on which you will have rights as a writer (Yes! Another opportunity for you to be published!).

  • Once you click on the link in the next bullet, you will will request access to the wiki...I will grant you rights.

  • Then please post a link to our Class Wikispace = Cafe ~ Pre-AP English 10.

  • This may take some time, as I think only one of you can access the wikispace at at time.

  • Directions for posting a link: Click on edit. Then click on the link button. Select URL. Find your file and save. You are now published!

While everyone is posting to the wikispace, you may work on this activity until your time arrives to post:

Now let's practice leaving a comment on a blog post!

  • Please read this story. The man featured in this story was a little different (in a very good way).

  • Please think of someone in your life that is "different in a good way" and feature him/her in a comment below. Thanks!

Time to set up your blogs!

  1. Refer to the form you created on Friday concerning your blog's title.

  2. Click here to open the presentation that will assist in your creating a personal blog!

  3. REMINDER: You must have a Google email created to complete this step.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Listen to Your Peers!

Good afternoon!

Today's Student Learner Expectations (yes, that is state department jargon!) are...

  1. W.7.10.1: Use figurative language effectively with emphasis on metaphor and symbolism
  2. W.4.10.4 Elaborate ideas clearly and accurately through word choice, vivid description, and selected information
  3. W.4.10.14 Use available technology for all aspects of the writing process

First, let's watch School video and respond in Writer's Notebook about changes you would like to see implemented FOR YOU within our community and school.

Now, the time has arrived to meet Mrs. Brewer and tour the library. You will need a novel in class on Friday for some SSR Time! Ahhh...Silent Sustained Reading has arrived!

Please take a few moments to complete the following questions:

LIBRARY BLOG...You may visit the blog here!

METAPHOR PAPER = Time to listen to your peers!

  • Using the print form or the one online, two peers will read and critique your paper. Positive energy needed! Please take your time...your peers will appreciate any input from you, helping insure the best grade for them and a good experience in editing for you.

DUE ON FRIDAY: Final Metaphorical Paper.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Welcome to Our Class Blog!

Welcome to Pre-AP English 10...and the land of high school!

Would you be so kind as to answer a few questions for me? Please click on the links below to take the two surveys:

Student Information ~ Day 1: Click Here to take survey

R U Techie?: Click Here to take survey

Let's go to work! Today's lesson plans can be found by clicking here.

Click here to access Mrs. Gillmore's Information Page to see sample genres.


1. Draft metaphorica paper.
2. Create gmail account.
3. Select an out-of-class read: Please choose a novel that would support the theme "Who Am I?" In other words, choose a novel in which a character is attempting to come to terms with who he/she/it is.

Let's go to work!